SAPS divers resuscitate drowned man, Warrenton

South African Police Service

SAPS divers resuscitate drowned man, Warrenton. Photo: SAPS
SAPS divers resuscitate drowned man, Warrenton. Photo: SAPS

On 1 January 2019 at about 11am the Northern Cape SAPS Search and Rescue Diving unit managed to rescue a 17 year old man after he drowned at the Warrenton Weir in the Northern Cape. It is alleged that the victim and his friend went for a swim in the dam. The SAPS members rescued the two men and administered CPR on one of them, after he stopped breathing.

The Provincial SAPS Search and Rescue team, WO Brakkies Breedt and WO Michael Korasi were busy patrolling the resort, resuscitated and revived the victim and then contacted the ambulance services to transport him to Warrenton Hospital, where he is in stable condition.

“The Frances Baard Cluster Commander, Brigadier Tip Brink hereby commends the SAPS members for a sterling and admirable job done. All human lives are priceless therefore we will do everything possible to see that the community is safe and secure during this festive season and beyond.”

The SAPS hereby also request that the following safety tips is adhered to:

Parents please NEVER let your children swim in a pool that is unsupervised.
Persons who cannot swim should never be allowed in the water.
An appeal is made to adults not to enter the water whilst under the influence of alcohol.
Persons are requested to stay away from swimming in dams, quarries and rivers as it poses life threatening danger because of unseen currents, water plants, water animals and rocks.

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